Content Search Web Part in SharePoint 2013
Learn about the Content Search Web Part (CSWP) in SharePoint 2013.
Last modified: September 17, 2015
Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013
In this article
Introducing the Content Search Web Part (CSWP)
How the Content Search Web Part works
When to use the Content Search Web Part (CSWP) or the Content Query Web Part (CQWP)
Content Search Web Part displays search results in a way that you can easily format. Each Content Search Web Part is associated with a search query and shows the results for that search query.
The CSWP can return any content from the search index. Use it on your SharePoint 2013 sites when you are connecting to a search service and want to return indexed search results in your pages.
The CSWP returns content that is as fresh as the latest crawl of your content, so if you crawl often, the content that the CSWP returns is more up-to-date than if you crawl infrequently. If you need to display instant content or the refreshed version of content, use the Content Query Web Part (CQWP) instead.
Search crawls only the major versions of content, never the minor versions. If you want to display the minor versions of your content, do that by using a CQWP.
Some site collection administrators mark sites to not be indexed. Content marked in this way is not available in a CSWP. If you want to return results from a site that is marked to not index, use the CQWP instead.